DID3930 - Master thesis in English and foreign language education


Lessons are not given in the academic year 2020/2021

Course content

The course has no regular teaching hours, but comprises work with the master’s thesis, which is a self-chosen, independent, academic research project. Through in-depth studies and independent research work, the students will gain practice in methodical and systematic work with a research focus related to foreign language education. The chosen research question must be relevant for the teaching and learning of one of the foreign languages in school. Supervision is an important element of the work with the master’s thesis, and is a compulsory part of the course. Supervision, which is formally agreed between the student and the supervisor, also involves the necessary control regarding gathering and processing of data. The thesis is written in the language corresponding to the student’s admission requirements, i.e. English, French, German or Spanish. The student’s work with the thesis corresponds to 1,5 semesters’ full-time effort.

Learning outcome

The student
has advanced knowledge in methodical and systematic work with an independent research question within English- and foreign language education.
has thorough knowledge on academic writing and communication.

The student
can plan and carry out an independent research project in line with academic principles and research ethics.
utilize their knowledge to analyze and answer research questions within language education.

General competence
The student
can discuss and communicate knowledge about own research area by using relevant academic terminology.
is capable of utilizing the supervision given and follow up the master’s agreement.

Learning methods and activities

The course has no regular teaching hours, but the following learning methods are used:
supervision with appointed supervisor.
joint supervision seminars in 3rd and 4th semester, where students are asked to present their work in progress and receive response from supervisors and peer students.
end-seminar in 4th semester, where students present their finalized thesis and act as opponents for a peer’s thesis.

Compulsory assignments

  • Supervision with appointed supervisor
  • Seminar, 3rd semester
  • Seminar, 4th semester

Specific conditions

Limited admission to classes.

Exam registration requires that class registration is approved in the same semester. Compulsory activities from previous semester may be approved by the department.

Admission to a programme of study is required:
Education (MDID)

Required previous knowledge

All courses in the study programme Master in education, specialization in English and foreign language education must be passed before the master’s thesis can be submitted for assessment.

Course materials

Individual reading material.
Some suggested articles and books. An overview of these will be shared in the course room on NTNU’s learning platform.

More on the course



Version: 1
Credits:  45.0 SP
Study level: Second degree level


Language of instruction: English, Norwegian

Location: Trondheim

Subject area(s)
  • Pedagogical knowledge
Contact information
Course coordinator:

Department with academic responsibility
Department of Teacher Education



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